Jen Glantz is making a living in NYC as a professional 'Bridesmaid for Hire'

Weddings are wonderful, elaborate celebrations where everyone we love comes together to celebrate love itself.

They can also be extremely stressful – and not just for the bride and groom themselves.

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Sometimes, having someone behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly, especially when it comes to making sure things run smoothly for the bride, almost feels like a necessity.

That's where Jen Glantz comes in.

A self-proclaimed "bridesmaid for hire", Jen has worked over 60 weddings where she serves as a hired bridesmaid, wedding coach, confidante for the bride – You name it, she's probably done (and seen) it all!

We chatted with Jen to discuss all the ins and outs of what her job entails as well as some of her favorite memories from weddings that she's worked.

AOL: What sparked the idea for being a full-time bridesmaid for a career?

Jen Glantz: "I never thought I would have a job in the wedding industry...What happened was, all of my friends got married and engaged in my early '20s and I became 'always the bridesmaid,' and when I was behind the scenes at weddings, I noticed that there was nobody there whose job it was to be there for the bride...Weddings can be so dramatic, so stressful and there was nobody there to help navigate somebody through that.

After I was asked to be a bridesmaid twice in one day, my roommate nicknamed me 'the professional bridesmaid,' and that's when I realized...why not try to do this for strangers?

I've been doing this job for over two and a half years and I've worked with over 65 clients all over the world."

Check out these pictures of Jen working weddings and speaking engagements all over the world:

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AOL: What do you do for marketing and promotions?

JG: "When I started this business from scratch [in New York City], I didn't have much money to start it...a lot of what I did for marketing and advertising was free. I utilized social media, I tried to establish myself as an expert in the wedding industry and help bridesmaids with tips by writing different articles for bridesmaids.

I also just tried to spread to word by going to different wedding vendors and just introducing myself –The wedding industry is a huge referral industry and I get a lot of my clients just by word of mouth."

AOL: What types of packages do you offer? What are the standard price points?

JG: "I have packages for brides, maid of honors, bridesmaids and mother of the brides.

I have every kind of package from being your wedding coach where I'm there just virtually (we have our one-on-one phone calls), I have day-of coordination packages where I'm behind the scenes at your wedding, I have maid of honor packages where I do all of your maid of honor work secretly (and the bride never finds out) and I have the bridesmaid for hire package where I put on the dress and walk down the aisle.

My packages start at $300 and go upwards of $2,000."

AOL: How do other people in the wedding party usually receive you? Do most people know that you've been hired?

JG: "Sometimes when a bride hires me to be their bridesmaid for hire, she doesn't tell anybody else that I was hired, not the person she's marrying, not the rest of her bridesmaids, not even her family!

We have a backstory of how we know each other, so it is a complete secret, but my job is to go in there and help the entire bridal party – I help the bridesmaids with everything they need. I take on the dirty work so that they can have a good time as the bride's real friends.

Here's our live interview with Jen from the AOL Finance Facebook page:

AOL: Do you get to know your clients and brides before you hire them?

JG: "Before I take on any client, I want to make sure that it's a good match. This is a relationship business; this is not a rent-a-friend business. I don't just show up and walk down the aisle, I get to know brides anywhere between a year and 3 months before the wedding.

Simply put, I say I'm their on-call therapist, their personal assistant, their social director and their peacekeeper, because I've never been to a wedding where there hasn't been some type of drama!"

AOL: What's one of the craziest stories you've had from working a wedding

JG: Three months ago, I worked a wedding for a bride in New York City, and about five minutes before her wedding she pulls me in a room, locks the door and says 'Jen, I don't like the groom, I don't want to do this!'

She came to me because she wanted an honest opinion about what to do, and she also came to me because she knew I wasn't going to judge whatever she did – I had seen it all and done it all and I was there to help her make the decision."

AOL: Have you ever been recognized while at a wedding or with a client?

JG: "I've never been caught before!

Interestingly enough, I've had over 13,000 people apply to work for me. I've been able to hire on a couple of additional women to serve as bridesmaids for me and go to weddings for me...and I have training programs that teach other women how to start their own wedding businesses and their own bridesmaid for hire businesses."

AOL: Tell us a bit about your new book, "Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)"

JG: "I wanted to put together a book about how I got into this business – What happened in my personal life to give me the courage and the desire to be a bridesmaid for strangers. I also wrote about what I've learned from every single person that's hired me as a bridesmaid for hire over the past two years, and finally, about some of the mistakes I've made starting a business...This book is way more than wedding horror stories!"

AOL: Do you keep in contact with brides that have hired you?

JG: "Often times a lot of the brides who hired me have turned into friends. The first bride who hired me, we still keep in contact. Even though she lives in a different state, we see each other at least once a year and talk at least once a month. And I have stayed friends with a lot of local brides as well, they do become a piece of my life and my heart!"

AOL: Where's the coolest place that you've traveled to and worked a wedding?

JG: "I once worked a wedding in Las Vegas...it was for a couple in Chicago who wanted to surprise their friends by telling them they were coming on their bachelorette party...and on the final day in Vegas they shocked everybody by having the wedding."

AOL: What would be your key piece of advice to any aspiring entrepreneur who's looking to start their own business or change their career?

JG: "Start right now, you'll never be ready enough, you'll never be smart enough, you'll never have enough money to start...figure out a baby step that you can take today to get started."

AOL: Has your career affected way you look at marriage and relationships?

JG: "I think weddings can be ridiculous...it's really shown me that when you want to celebrate this love you've entered with the person that you hope to be with forever, it doesn't have to cost thousands and thousands of dollars. There are ways to do it very inexpensively and also sill have the wedding of your dreams."

Jen's book, "Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire)" is in stores now and available on Amazon.

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BEFORE A TURKISH BRIDE LEAVES HER FATHER'S HOME FOR THE WEDDING, A MALE RELATIVE TIES A RED MAIDENHOOD BELT AROUND HER WAIST. THE COLOR SIGNIFIES LUCK, SEXUALITY, AND HAPPINESS.
 

Sources: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Today's Zaman

AT A WEDDING IN RIBNOVO, BULGARIA, THE BRIDE GETS HER FACE PAINTED WHITE AND DECORATED WITH COLORFUL SEQUINS BY HER FEMALE IN-LAWS. THE CUSTOM DATES BACK CENTURIES.

Sources: Reuters and The Guardian

IN A TRADITIONAL WEDDING IN MACEDONIA, THE BRIDE WEARS AN INTRICATELY EMBROIDERED SMOCK IN RED, WHITE, AND GOLD.

Source: PannaComp

IN KEEPING WITH THE JEWISH TRADITION OF MODESTY, THE ULTRA-ORTHODOX BRIDE WEARS A LOOSE-FITTING GOWN THAT COVERS EVERYTHING BUT HER FACE AND HANDS. A LACY SKIRT GRAZES THE FLOOR.

Sources: Racked and Orthodox-Jews.com

THE SYRIAN BRIDE WEARS A LONG-SLEEVED GOWN AND GOLD JEWELRY, GIVEN BY HER FAMILY. THE DRESSES COME IN A RAINBOW OF COLORS, THOUGH MOST BRIDES PREFER WHITE.

Source: Folk Culture

THE TRADITIONAL BRIDE'S COSTUME AMONG THE KHAKAS PEOPLE, WHO LIVE IN RUSSIA, FEATURES A WOOL HAT AND HEAVY PETTICOAT TO KEEP BRIDES WARM IN BELOW-FREEZING TEMPERATURES.

Source: Reuters

THE SRI LANKAN BRIDE BLENDS EASTERN AND WESTERN TRADITIONS, DONNING HEAVILY EMBROIDERED SILK SARIS AND EUROPEAN-LOOKING VEILS. HER JEWELRY INCLUDES AN UNEVEN NUMBER OF GEMSTONES, AS ODD NUMBERS ARE CONSIDERED AUSPICIOUS.

Source: The Big Fat Indian Wedding

A TRADITIONAL BRIDE IN TAJIKISTAN WEARS A SIMPLE WHITE DRESS OVER A PAIR OF TROUSERS. OVER THE COURSE OF THE CEREMONY, WHICH CAN LAST DAYS, SHE MAY CHANGE INTO CORRESPONDING GOWNS.

Sources: BBC and Iranica Online

SOME 8,000 INHABITED ISLANDS MAKE UP INDONESIA, AND THE FASHION VARIES BY REGION. MOST BRIDES DRESS IN VIBRANT COLORS WITH HEAVY EMBROIDERY.

Sources: CIA and Global Indonesian Voices

THREE DAYS BEFORE AN INDONESIAN WOMAN TIES THE KNOT, SHE MAY HAVE HER NAILS, HANDS, AND FEET PAINTED WITH BIRDS AND FLOWERS IN HENNA.

Source: The Jakarta Post

DEEP REDS, PINKS, AND PURPLES ARE THE COLORS OF CHOICE FOR A PAKISTANI BRIDE. SOME COUPLES WILL PLACE GARLANDS AROUND EACH OTHER AS A SYMBOL OF LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE.

Sources: Sociable 7 and Wikipedia

MODERN BRIDES IN SOMALIA OPT FOR A WESTERN-STYLE DRESS AND A HIJAB HEAD SCARF, IN ACCORDANCE WITH ISLAMIC CULTURE. THEIR HAIR OR HANDS MAY BE STAINED WITH HENNA.

Source: Visual Peace Media

IN NUBIA, THE BRIDE WEARS THREE VEILS: A COLORED ONE ATOP HER HEAD, A SHEER ONE OVER HER FACE, AND A HEAVY WHITE SHEET THAT MASKS THE HEAD ENTIRELY.

Source: Robert Fernea

SIXTEEN EMBELLISHMENTS, IN ADDITION TO A LUCKY-RED SARI OR SKIRT-LIKE LEHENGA, ADORN THE INDIAN BRIDE FROM HEAD TO TOE. THIS CUSTOM, CALLED SOLAH SHRINGAR, INCLUDES EAR CUFFS, DELICATE CHAINS TIED AROUND THE ANKLES, AND BRIGHT-RED POWDER THAT'S APPLIED TO HER HAIR PART.

Source: The Big Fat Indian Wedding

THE DAY BEFORE A TIBETAN WEDDING, THE GROOM GIVES HIS BRIDE A WEDDING GOWN AND JEWELRY, WHICH MAY INCLUDE A HEADDRESS, SILVER PIECES THAT ATTACH TO HER BRAIDS, OR AN AMULET THAT CONTAINS A SMALL METAL STATUE OF THE BUDDHA.

Sources: Cultural China and Tibet Tour

TRADITIONAL ERITREAN WEDDING ATTIRE INCLUDES DARK-COLORED VELVET CROWNS AND ROBES IN PURPLE AND GOLD. THE BRIDE MATCHES HER SOON-TO-BE HUSBAND.

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THE TUVAN NATIONAL COSTUME REFLECTS A NOMADIC WAY OF LIFE. GARMENTS COULD EASILY BE WORN WHILE RIDING A HORSE AND FEATURE BRIGHT COLORS AND RICH DETAIL.

Source: Sayan Ring

IN THE HIGHLANDS ABOVE LIMA, PERU, TRADITIONAL BRIDES MAKE QUITE A SPLASH IN RED AND BLACK GOWNS, MADE BIGGER BY MULTIPLE LAYERS OF HEAVILY EMBROIDERED COTTON PETTICOATS.

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IN JORDAN, BRIDES WEAR WHITE DRESSES AND GOLD OR SILVER JEWELRY. OFTEN, A GREEN SILK CLOTH WILL ADORN THEIR HEADS, AS THE COLOR SYMBOLIZES GROWTH, HARMONY, AND SAFETY.

Sources: Bilal A. Al-Adaileh and John A. Shoup

IN MALI, THE BRIDE'S PULLOVER ROBE, CALLED A KAFTAN, MATCHES THE COLOR OF THE GROOM'S DASHIKI. WHILE WHITE IS MOST COMMON, SOME WEDDING PARTIES OPT FOR LAVENDER OR PURPLE, THE COLORS OF AFRICAN ROYALTY.

Source: George Monger

THE TRADITIONAL KOREAN COSTUME, CALLED THE HANBOK, HAS BEEN WORN BY BRIDES FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. IT INCLUDES A LONG-SLEEVED JACKET AND A HIGH-WAIST SKIRT MADE OF COTTON OR SILK.

Source: Wedding Details

A SNOW-WHITE KIMONO IS DRAPED AROUND TRADITIONAL BRIDES IN JAPAN. A MATCHING SILK HEADDRESS, CALLED A TSUNOKAKUSHI, HIDES HER "HORNS OF JEALOUSY" AND SIGNALS HER INTENT TO BECOME AN OBEDIENT WIFE.

Source: Wikipedia

IN CHECHNYA A DRESS CODE THAT EMPHASIZES MODESTY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED. BRIDES WEAR WHITE GOWNS THAT COVER THEM HEAD TO TOE. METAL FASTENERS ADORN OUTFIT'S BUST, AND A SILVER BELT — AN HEIRLOOM PASSED DOWN FROM MOTHER TO DAUGHTER — HANGS ON THE WAIST.

Sources: The New York Times and Amjad M. Jaimoukha

WHILE THE PALESTINIAN BRIDE WEARS A STUNNING WHITE DRESS ON HER WEDDING DAY, HER HENNA DRESS — WORN THE NIGHT BEFORE — HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN HER HEART. THE COLOR IS CUSTOMIZED TO THE BRIDE, AND HER MOTHER EMBROIDERS IT BY HAND.

Source: Al Monitor

A NIGERIAN BRIDE STANDS OUT IN HER BRIGHTLY COLORED LACE BLOUSE AND PATTERNED KAFTAN, OFTEN MADE OF IMPORTED INDIAN FABRICS. CORAL BEADS AND A HEADDRESS COMPLETE THE LOOK.

Sources: Wedded Wonderland and USA TODAY

THE MOROCCAN BRIDE PUTS ON A SHOW WITH THREE WARDROBE CHANGES. FOR THE RECEPTION, SHE TRADES A WHITE KAFTAN, OR ROBE, FOR AN OUTFIT THAT REFLECTS THE CULTURE OF HER FAMILY'S REGION.

Source: Morocco.com

A TRADITIONAL IRAQI BRIDE MIGHT SET THE RECORD FOR MOST WARDROBE CHANGES. EACH OF HER SEVEN DRESSES IS A DIFFERENT COLOR OF THE RAINBOW. RED REPRESENTS LOVE AND ROMANCE.

Source: Prezi/Manni Francis

AN ITALIAN BRIDE'S "SOMETHING BLUE" IS SOMETIMES (BUT NOT OFTEN) REPLACED BY A GREEN DRESS OR ORNAMENT, AS THE COLOR IS BELIEVED TO BRING LUCK AND FERTILITY.

Source: Exclusively Italy Weddings

SURPRISINGLY, AMERICAN BRIDES DIDN'T ALWAYS WEAR WHITE.

THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY, WOMEN IN THE US SIMPLY WORE WHAT THEY CONSIDERED THEIR BEST DRESS, AS WHITE CLOTH WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO CLEAN BY HAND AND WAS RESERVED FOR THE WEALTHY.

TODAY, WHITE IS A GO-TO HUE FOR BRIDES AROUND THE WORLD.

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